Sunday, May 15, 2011


The history behind the symbol that graces the covers of all the Traffic albums and the early Island pink labels is that it was designed by Carol Ruskin, with an input from Jim Capaldi and Chris Wood, being based on the Celtic Fiery Wheel of Fortune, which is similar to the Celtic signs for the spirit and family. Also part of the Circles of Creation, or the Hebrew wheel of light. Additionally, based on the ancient fire-wheel of luck. The four segments were representative of each member of the group.

Here is a very nice audience recording from one of Traffic's final efforts before disbanding until the 90's reunion tour and LP. Nice nice reditions of Traffic's music from the final three LPs

Traffic - Tarrant County Convention Center, Fort Worth, Texas, October 12th 1974

Disc One :

1. Instrumental Jam >
2. Shootout At The Fantasy Factory
3. Empty Pages >
4. Graveyard People
5. Pearly Queen
6. Who Knows What Tomorrow May Bring
7. Walking In The Wind

Disc Two :

1. John Barleycorn
2. 40,000 Headmen
3. Love
4. Something New
5. When The Eagle Flies
6. Dream Gerrard
7. Heaven Is In Your Mind
8. Low Spark of High Heeled Boys

Steve Winwood – Vocals, Organ, Guitar, Piano, Mellotron
Chris Wood – Flute, Saxophone
Jim Capaldi – Drums, Percussion, Keyboards, Vocals
Rosko Gee – Bass


Anonymous said...

"Turning, spinning, catherine wheeling For ever changing There's no beginning...
Speeding through a charcoal sky Observe the truth we cannot hide"

sealy said...

Thanks for these Traffic recordings. Saw them in 74 and it remains a highlight

Anonymous said...

I have seen that wheel flying through the sky on good acid. The whole trip can be spent trying to conjure it up and then commune with it. The trick is to meditate upon it until you pass through it. Then you're in paradise, my friend!

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